Tag Archives: Joy

Baptism of the Lord: The humility of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

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When asked if he was the Christ, John the Baptist redirected the crowd to the coming of Jesus. His humility offers us an example about how to live our lives as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – Baptism of the Lord

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Daily Mass: Take a moment and reflect on the Good News. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response offers an opportunity to reflect on the blessings and joy of life. As we prepare for Christmas, may the Good News help us to see God at work in our lives today.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Advent

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St. Peter Canisius…pray for us!


3rd Sunday of Advent: Rejoice, the Lord is near! Catholic Inspiration

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Paul’s Letter to the Philippians offers a rich insight filled with joy and hope: The Lord is near! May Christ’s presence in our lives encourage us to embrace the gift of faith and live it in the world.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Let’s explore some of the themes we see in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Zephaniah 3:14-18a

  • The people shout for joy and exult at the power of God who turns away their enemies.
  • God is in the midst of the people and they are no longer afraid.

Response – Isaiah 12:2-3,4b-6

  • “Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.”
  • We are confident and unafraid for our strength and courage is the Lord.

2nd Reading – Philippians 4:4-7

  • We rejoice in the Lord and have no anxiety; rather we pray with thanksgiving as we make our petitions known to God.
  • The peace of God guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Gospel – Luke 3:10-18

  • John the Baptist gives advice and direction to the people.
  • John’s preaching prepares the people for the coming of Jesus.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Here’s a quick look at the themes for the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Baruch 5:1-9

  • The prophet encourages the people to take off the robe of mourning and misery and put on the splendor of glory from God.
  • God has commanded; he is leading the people in joy and bringing them back in glory.

Psalm 126:1-6

  • “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
  • The people who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

2nd Reading – Philippians 1:4-6,8-11

  • Paul confidently prays with joy for the people that they will continue their good work until the day of Christ Jesus.
  • This good work includes love, knowledge, discernment, purity and the fruit of righteousness.

Gospel – Luke 3:1-6

  • Luke sets the context of John the Baptist with the names of history, such as Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate and the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas.
  • John’s ministry is understood in light of the words of Isaiah…prepare the way of the Lord!

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Daily Mass: Each of us shall give an account before the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul continues his exhortation in the Letter to the Romans, reminding us all that whether we live or die we are the Lord’s. May this insight guide us in our interactions with one another today.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 31st Week of the Year

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St. Charles Borromeo…pray for us!


Daily Mass: The Lord takes delight in his people. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response touches a deep longing in our hearts: to have relationships where those around us breathe joy and love into our lives. This is God’s response to all creation! The Lord takes delight in his people!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 25th Week of the Year

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St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina…pray for us!


Daily Mass: In God is our safety and our glory. Catholic Inspiration

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When the going gets tough, the tough turn to the Lord! The Psalm response articulates the source of our strength, especially in difficult moments in life.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 23rd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Here I am Lord, I come to do your will. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response invites us to offer our lives in service to the Lord; may we do so each and every day with joyful hearts!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year

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St. John Eudes…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Sing for joy to God our help! Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm Response offers a beautiful proclamation in the context of the two feeding miracles from the first reading and the Gospel. May our hearts give joyful praise to God as we count our blessings this day!

Mass Readings – Monday of the 18th Week of Year

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